Emma Seith

School farms and how they’re helping food education

Can children bring themselves to eat animals they have reared themselves? One school is looking to confront its pupils with an often uncomfortable reality


The killing of animals for meat is a tricky topic to negotiate with children. The horror on their faces when they make the connection between their ham sandwich and the pigs they see in fields or know from fairy tales is enough to move even the most committed carnivore.

Such moments represent rich teaching potential, but they usually pass quickly unless children are encouraged to think more deeply about where their food comes from. And that is exactly what a small independent school on the north-east coast of Scotland is doing.

Early last year, Mr Piggy Wiggy Woo Woo and Ginger Snap – as ...

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